Diamond Events Prom Show Photos

A few images from the Diamond Events Prom Show at Middlesbrough Town Hall: Sunday 29th January 2012.  All images are available via this link to order.  Order a print and receive the digital image via email.

my main website is: www.paulempson.co.uk 


Dale & Gemma's Wedding Rushpool Hall

Some photos from today's wedding at Rushpool Hall of Dale & Gemma, the new Mr & Mrs Crossen.  A very sunny winters day.

my main website is: www.paulempson.co.uk 


Prom Show, 29th January 2012

I'll be exhibiting at Middlesbrough Town Hall, Sunday 29th January 2012 at the Prom Show organised by Diamond Events.  In addition to the fashion show there are many other events happening on the day and many Prom suppliers attending on the day.

Your once in a lifetime school prom deserves to be remembered with so much more than a poor quality mobile phone snap.

  • Portable studio lighting and backgrounds
  • 5m wide pure white background, ideal for group photos
  • Onsite printing
  • Online galleries for attendees to view and order.


Adobe Lightroom 4 Beta - First looks

I've just downloaded the LR4 beta from Adobe and had a quick 15 mins play with it.... is it worth an upgrade to the already quite brilliant LR3?

Well 15 mins may be too soon to say, for some... but, not for me where do I sign!

I quickly breezed through the modules:

Library: the Recovery arrows have gone and been replaced by Highlights, Shadows, Blacks & Whites..

Develop: as in the library you have more control over the Highlights and Shadow, Blacks & Whites.. a little counter intuitively, for me anyway, to make the image darker you slide the shadows & blacks in to the negative... to make them lighter + But much more control than the superb as it was Recover slider.

The included LR presets have been grouped in to manageable collections rather than one long list, Very Good.

Another big improvement is the brush... you can now selectively brush in or out: shadows, sharpness, noise, moire' in addition to those already there in LR3.

MAP: ...   highlight your photo or group of photos, you can also select photos by location including GPS.

BOOK: is will save loads of time, a range of templates for the very popular Blurb publishing..

Sideshow: not a module I've used much in the past, it's a bit too basic for me, I want animation or at least a more dramatic viewing experience: fades & overlays etc.

Print: still very good though not seeing a huge improvement in features

WEB: still very, very useful with 5 default layouts... the ability to add 3rd party tools is still it's best feature. 

You can download your copy from the Adobe site via this linkAdobe LR 4 Beta

A certain upgrade for me.... right back to a little play and some work, I've one wedding album to complete from 2011.


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Offer ends March 31st 2012 and your wedding must be in 2012.


Dale and Gemma pre wedding photo session

Dale and Gemma's pre-wedding photo session.  I really like the winter sun, it's low in the sky and offers a challenge and opportunity to try something a little different. 

Shooting in to the sun causes the camera all kinds of problems for exposure, though if you tweak your settings it offers the chance to create in camera something that is normally created with hours of editing at a computer. I prefer the real thing myself, not easy, and certainly not something I'd be able to get on auto :-)

I really like high contrast photos, while we were wandering along taking photos I noticed a young family walking on a patch of wet sand that was back lit by the sun. I could see the colours and detail, as our eyes have evolved to cope with this, the camera sensor is just not evolved to anywhere near the level.... as good as they are, they are still primitive. However, I knew I could create this image.. in a style I really like, with just a few quick changes to my camera.


Back to Dale and Gemma.... very relaxed and I think that shows in the photos, a few very simple poses.. if poses at all, as I just ask them to be themselves, stand together or lean on each other.. you can see as the photos progress just how much, even, more relaxed they become.